We love scones.  I have a ton of fancy scone recipes,  but sometimes I just want a  plain, basic scone for a really delicious jelly or jam.  They are also good for fancy butters and curds.   These are delicious — just slightly sweet with a nice tender crumb.  I serve them with everything from soup to coffee or tea.

Be careful when making scones not to use warm or soft butter and not to over mix.  When you add the wet to the dry ingredients, stir only until the dough starts to come together.  Then use your hands to pat all the little bits in to the dough – but not too much! You don’t want to melt the butter or make the dough too tough.

Yields 8

Basic Scone
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  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk


  1. In a large bowl, or in the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda.
  2. Cut in butter.
  3. Whisk together egg and buttermilk in a small bowl.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Knead dough about 10 times.
  5. Pat down in to an 8 inch circle. Cut in to 8 wedges. Separate edges and bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.


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7 comments on “Basic Scone

  1. Oooo, I wanted to makes scones for Easter, and have been looking for a good recipe- thanks!!

    I found you over on Lemons for Lulu @ Iron Chef Mom. I am looking forward to the next time you host ICM!

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  2. Kat Riley on said:

    I have never made scones, but this looks like a great simple recipe to make them. I think the Newman’s Own Organics dried fruit would make a great addition!

  3. Seyma Shabbir on said:

    I will have to try this. we love milky tea and are always looking for good biscuit, cookie, scone recipes to go with it!

  4. My husband loves to make scones! Whenever he does it reminds me of the little Bed & Breakfast we stayed at on out honeymoon. I don’t think he has ever used buttermilk, but I bet it would be super tasty. I will have to pass this recipe on to him so he can try it. Thanks!